Nov 11, Matara: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday ceremonially declared open the second welfare center set up for the completely disabled war veterans in Kamburupitiya of the Matara district.
The 'Abimansala-2' welfare center, set up in a 10-acre extent at a cost of 240 million rupees, provides medical facilities, recreation activities and various other facilities for the fully handicapped soldiers residing in the Southern Province.
The Abimansala-2, is the second in a series of welfare centers the government is establishing for the benefit of completely disabled soldiers.
The center, which can house 50 inmates, consists of a gymnasium, a swimming pool, Ayurveda center and a medical laboratory. A 24 hour medical service is also available for the patients at the center.
The center was opened with admitting 28 disabled war veterans on wheelchairs and 20 totally handicapped soldiers who need 24-hour care. The inmates have been selected after proper medical screening and categorization ensuring prioritized care for the most deserving.
Speaking at the function the president said the government is fully committed to fill the aspirations of the war veterans who bravely fought against terrorism to free the country and to safeguard the future of them and their families.
Although the humanitarian operation against terrorism is over, the humanitarian operation to uplift the lives of the people in the north and east is yet to be completed, the President reminded. The government similarly has the responsibility to look after the rehabilitated LTTE cadres, he added.
According to Sri Lanka Army a total of about 300 Army soldiers suffered lifetime disability during the fight against the terrorists prompting the state to respond to their vital requirements in the healing and therapeutic process.
As part of providing the much needed care for the disabled soldiers the government established the "Mihindu Seth Medura" in Attidiya, a suburb of Colombo in Western Province and Abimansala-1 in Anuradhapura in the North Central Province.
Abhimansala-3 is expected to set up in Kurunegala for the benefit of Northwestern Province based dependent disabled war veterans and Abhimansala-4 in the Northern Province.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)